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Mississippi Governor's Newsletter March 2019

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Samuel C. Thigpen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Samuel C. Thigpen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Chapter Meeting


I hope that everyone has had a great month so far, and is looking forward to warmer weather and spring! Continuing to be our focus this spring is the upcoming chapter meeting we are hosting May 31st-June 2nd in Jackson at the School of Medicine on UMMC's campus. Our chapter has been working hard on getting prepared for the meeting, led by Dr. Wes Aldred who is our Chapter Meeting Committee Chair. To register for the meeting and to obtain hotel accommodations at our special rate, please follow this link. . Here is a link to the meeting brochure, with highlights of the agenda shown below!

  • Opportunity to earn 13.5 CME credits and 13.5 MOC points by attending the meeting
  • SEP session available, with attendance giving an additional 2 CME credits
  • Doctor's Dilemma
  • Abstract and Poster competition
  • Multiple sessions geared specifically towards Residents and Medical Students including financial wellness and an ultrasound workshop

To register for the meeting and to obtain hotel accommodations at our special rate, please follow this link.

While in town for the meeting, there are many local attractions available to enjoy, including Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Also going on the weekend of the meeting is Cathead Jam, a music festival that is an annual favorite of many Jackson Residents. Nancy Youngblood and Dr. Otis Gowdy have been working with VisitJackson to arrange discounts at local restaurants and to plan other events throughout the weekend. More information with be coming soon!

We are continuing to be on the lookout for additional vendor support for the meeting. If anyone knows any businesses or individuals who would be interested in sponsoring the meeting and having a booth, please reach out to Nancy Youngblood at or Dr. Gowdy at

If you have any questions as you review the agenda, please don't hesitate to reach out to Dr. Aldred at to me at, or to Nancy Youngblood, our Executive Director, at

We look forward to seeing you there!



Governor Election

As mentioned in our last newsletter, the election of the next Mississippi ACP Chapter Governor will be occurring this year. The term of the Governor is four years, but is preceded by six months as Governor-elect Designee and a full year as Governor-elect. Be on the lookout late this summer and early this fall for the announcement of the election and the ballot. If you know anyone who has an interest in serving as the Mississippi Chapter Governor, please contact the Chair of our Nominations Committee, Dr. Joe Files, at



Convocation at IM 2019

Next month in Philadelphia at IM 2019, we are very proud to see Dan Jones, MD, FACP receive his Mastership in the College. Dan will be our 8th Mississippi Master, and he is undoubtedly very deserving of this prestigious honor. Mastership is conferred to those who have made a significant contribution to the field of internal medicine and who have been recognized for the significance of that work. Dr. Jones has served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Chancellor of the University of Mississippi, and President of the American Heart Association; he has been recognized as an outstanding physician and clinical researcher; and he has spent seven years of his career a missionary and medical director in North Korea. Joining Dr. Jones in recognition this year are several new Fellows in the College – Wes Aldred, Pradeep Bathina, Wisit Cheungpasitporn, Savannah Duckworth, Benjamin Gatewood, Kimberly Harkins, Rebecca Lauderdale, Brandon Lennep, Day Lennep, Matt Rhinewalt, and Richard Tilley. We additionally have a handful of others who are awaiting confirmation of Fellowship, and we look forward to each of them being recognized at future IM meetings.



Match Day


Congratulations to all of the medical students in the state who matched on March 15th, and a special congratulations to those who matched into internal medicine! This is an exciting time, and was celebrated at both UMMC and William Carey. If you are interested, here is a video produced by UMMC with coverage of Match Day in Jackson.



Communications Committee

Six months ago we formed a chapter Communications Committee, who composed the survey regarding communications sent out in late 2018 and who has assisted in the management of our Twitter feed and Facebook page and who is now putting together much our content for our newsletters. This committee will continue to expand our reach to our membership through each of these routes and will add some innovations to our communication over time. If you have any information that you would like to see included or covered on our platforms, please reach out to Communications Committee member Peyton Reves at



Follow Us!


If you have not had a chance to follow us yet on one or both of our social media feeds, here are the URLs for each.



We will be updating the content and posting more frequently over the coming months, and we'll also follow you as you follow the chapter.



Newsletter Ideas

Our newsletters will now be sent monthly to the chapter. If you have ideas for those newsletters or information that you would like to share with the whole chapter, please send those to Nancy Youngblood,, or Peyton Reves, Thank you for reading and for being a part of our chapter!